About Ben & David
Ben Crystal
Ben is an actor, author, creative producer, patron of Shakespeare Week, Associate Artist with the new Shakespeare North Playhouse, and curator of the ShakespeareEnsemble.com. His solo writing includes Lockdown Shakespeare (Bloomsbury, 2022), Shakespeare on Toast (Icon, 2008; nominated for the Educational Book of the Year Award 2010), and the four titles of the Arden Springboard Shakespeare series: Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and King Lear.

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David Crystal
David is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University. His previous work on Shakespeare includes Pronouncing Shakespeare, The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation, and Think on My Words: Exploring Shakespeare’s Language. He has written or edited many books and articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships on the history and development of English, including The Stories of English, How Language Works, and Evolving English.
Ben and David have collaborated on several books: Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin, 2002), The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin, 2005), The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2015; shortlisted for the Educational Book of the Year Award 2016), and You Say Potato: The Story of English Accents (Macmillan, 2016).
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